La Niña climate pattern should return this fall and last through winter. Here’s what to expect.
The La Niña climate pattern is forecast to return this fall and last through the winter of 2021-22, federal forecasters reported Thursday.
La Niña – a natural cycle marked by cooler-than-average seawater in the central Pacific Ocean – is one of the main drivers of weather in the U.S. and around the world, especially during the late fall, winter and early spring.
The Climate Prediction Center, which is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, released the forecast Thursday, officially declaring a “La Niña watch” for the September-November time frame.
So what does this mean for our weather?
La Niña can impact the Atlantic hurricane season by helping make atmospheric conditions more conducive for tropical storms and hurricanes to form in the Atlantic Ocean, and less conducive in the eastern Pacific Ocean, the Climate Prediction Center said.
The Atlantic hurricane season typically peaks in August, September and October.
And, so far, if 2021 is any indicator, it could be an active year for hurricanes: Through the beginning of July, five named storms in the Atlantic have already formed, a new record – breaking the previous record of four set just last year, the National Hurricane Center said.
La Niña can also act to put a damper on rain across much of the Southwest, not good news for a region that’s been plagued with excessive heat, drought and wildfires so far this year.
The prediction center said this year’s La Niña (translated from Spanish as “little girl”) is likely to persist through the winter. It’s the opposite pattern of El Niño (little boy), which features warmer-than-average seawater in the tropical Pacific Ocean.
The entire natural climate cycle is officially known as the El Niño – Southern Oscillation, or ENSO, a see-saw dance of warmer and cooler seawater in the central Pacific Ocean.
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ENSO-neutral conditions, sometimes referred to as “La Nada,” which occur when seawater temperatures are about average, are forecast to persist through the summer until La Niña takes over later this year, forecasters said.
We just went through a La NIña last winter. “Is it all that unusual to have two La Niña winters back-to-back? Nope!” wrote Tom Di Liberto of NOAA’s Climate Program Office in a blog post released Thursday.
In fact, of the 12 first-year La Niña events, eight were followed by La Niña the next winter, two by neutral, and two by El Niño,” Di Liberto wrote. “Honestly, with those numbers, it would have been more surprising if we thought neutral conditions would continue all year.”
Although it’s several months away yet, a typical La Niña winter in the U.S. brings cold and snow to the Northwest and unusually dry conditions to most of the southern tier of the U.S., according to the prediction center. The Southeast and mid-Atlantic also tend to see warmer-than-average temperatures during a La Niña winter.
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As we spend more time at HOME, now is a good time to plan for a new automatic or portable generator or have your existing generator serviced.
Hurricane season is here and projections call for an intense season.
The option of going to a hotel during a power outage may not be an option this fall given the present pandemic.
New Automatic Generators offer remote monitoring so you can keep an “eye” on your unit.
A Generator gives you peace of mind in these challenging times.
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Our homes have truly become our sanctuaries during the past few months. With warmer weather on the horizon, we will certainly spend more time in our outdoor spaces with family and close friends.
Let us come by and review how we can make your outdoor space more magical; from wiring hanging lights to landscape enhancing accents.
Even small changes can make a big difference.
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During this time of re-opening, Lucci Electric wants to reinforce our commitment to safety for you and our staff.
As an essential business we will continue to be available to schedule estimates and service calls. We have now expanded to general repair work, generator installations, service and repairs, as well as exterior work including landscape lighting and design.
We have taken all steps recommended by the CDC and in accordance with local, state, and federal guidelines.
-Our technicians will wear masks, gloves, shoe coverings, and utilize hand sanitizer before and after entering all homes at all times.
-They will practice social distancing at all times and will minimize time and exposure within your home.
-Our trucks and equipment will be sanitized on a regular bases.
Before starting any job, we are glad to review the policies with you and address any concerns you may have.
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Your comfort and well-being are our number 1 concern.
This year for the Holidays, we are honoring one of our past family & staff members whom we lost
Tyler M. Reeb passed away suddenly & unexpectedly on October 14th, 2019.
Tyler, 34 years of age, was a Veteran, having served in the United States Marine corps and had done three –tours protecting our country.
Please join us by thinking about him & thanking him when you drive by our adopt-a-spot on Rte. 7 here in Wilton at the intersection of 33/7
Here’s how homeowners can weather a storm!
Have a three-day supply of food, water, and any essential medications for every member of their family, including pets.
- A first aid kit should be ready and available.
- Have an emergency radio and a phone charger, and also remember to fill up gas tanks in their automobiles in the event they have to leave their homes
- Don’t forget to have paper copies of important medication lists and medical records, as well as pertinent financial and personal information like birth certificates and emergency contact information.
- Make sure to have changes of underwear, comfortable shoes and clean wool socks.
And of course, make sure you generator is up and running (test weekly for automatic and monthly for
Portable). Call Lucci Electric to service it twice a year!
DON’T LET THE WEATHER RUN YOUR LIFE!
When Mother Nature is in command of the weather, there is little you can do to control it. Yet, you can control staying ahead of the storm season by preparing for the unexpected.
Every year, severe weather runs the risk of leaving up to millions of people without power for extended lengths of time. Some of the worst storms have eliminated access to power in certain areas from hours up to weeks. Are you prepared?
Contact Lucci Electric for your turnkey generator solution.
Winter is almost behind us and spring is on the way but that also means the National Hurricane Center has made their official predictions for 2018.
Our weather patterns are not predictable. Winter roared into March here in the Northeast and we even had measurable snow in April.
2017 roared to life in September and reminded everyone how powerful and destructive these monster storms can be.
The Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June through November. Forecasters expect a slightly above-average season, with 14 named storms. Seven of those are expected to become hurricanes and three are expected to be major hurricanes.
This near-record warmth contributed to the surge in activity in 2017, especially in terms of major hurricanes.
While the western tropical Atlantic is currently warmer than average, other portions, including the eastern tropical Atlantic and the north Atlantic, are cooler than average. The majority of storms occur between mid-August and mid-October.
Be prepared; an automatic standby generator or portable generator for comforts during power outages is a necessity and no longer a luxury.
Call Lucci Electric for your turnkey generator solution today.
With the popularity of smart phones, tablets, Alexa, Google Home, Amazon Echo and Apple HomePod, we have become accustomed to having our needs at our fingertips and now by voice. This technology now allows for music to play throughout your home, control light switches, window shades and thermostats to name a handful. You can also operate televisions, security cameras, light bulbs and small appliances.
This advancement allows for energy conservation, peace of mind and ease of use. Smart home technology is also a safety feature, advancing to carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, smart locks and even doorbells with built in cameras to see who is at your door.
Garage doors can now be accessed via your smart phone. It seems the possibilities for home control and automation are endless. There are even smart home applications to feed your pets while you are away. Dispense a meal or a treat. The option is yours.
If you have a second home these smart home controls allow you to “check” on your home and know that the heat or air conditioning is operating, that the water heater is on. A camera application provides security.
Call the experts at Lucci Electric to help you establish home automation that is just right for you and simplify your life.